Rochester Man Taken to Harborview After Crash That Closed U.S. 12 for Four Hours


A 60-year-old Rochester man was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Saturday after a crash on U.S. Highway 12 in Grand Mound that closed the roadway for four and a half hours, according to the Washington State Patrol. 

Kenneth M. Pekola was traveling southbound on Pecan Street in a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette at about 3:15 p.m. when he entered U.S. Highway 12 and collided with 2006 Ford F-150 driven by Curtis E. Dahl, 46, of Vancouver. Debris from the collision struck a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Owen A. Stidham, 19, Rochester. 

Pekola was taken to Harborview while the other two drivers were medically cleared at the scene or not injured. 

The state patrol determined the cause of the crash to be failing to yield. 

All drivers involved were wearing seat belts and drugs or alcohol were not factors in the crash, according to the state patrol.